AIR, International Artists Residencies exhibition
The HMC, Inc. and Ferencvarosi PinceGallery cordially invite you for
AIR, International Artists Residencies exhibition
(works in a variety of media)
IX. Mester u. 5. Budapest 1095
May 7 - May 29, 2009
Opening reception: May 7 at 6:00pm
Opening remarks: Carolyn
Glassman, Cultural Attashe - US Embassy, Budapest
Curators: Palfi Anna - ArtOrigo & Beata Szechy - HMC
1. Rudee Westphal, SD; 2. Megan Randlett, MA;
3. Lisa Erdman, FL; 4. Odette England, UK; 5. Niku Kashef, CA; 6. Jenna Spevack, NY; 7. Howard M. Christopherson, MN; 8. Gregory
Euclide, MN; 9. Benjamin Page, CA; 10. Andreas Papanastasiu, UK; 11. Patricia Tinajero, TN; 12. Marlene Vinha, Portugese;
13. Lana Ing Gabor, Canada; 14. Kristine Trever, VA; 15. Holly Boruck, CA; 16. Hannah Verlin, MA; 17. Candida Pestana, Portugese;
18. Amy Eloise Thomas and Oliver Irvine, Ireland; 19. Megha Joshi, India; 20. Terra Fine, WA; 21. Malesha Jessie, CA; 22.
Luca Armigero, Italy; 23. Louis Denes, Canada; 24. Amelia Schembri, Canada; 25. Cara Tomlinson, OR
Tuesday, May 19 -
Thursday, June 10
|Amanda, Emily, Sarah, Jessica, Eveline
Artist Talk 1. AIR-HMC,
International Artists in Residency, BudapestHotel Medosz, Hunting Conference
RoomBudapest, VI. Jokai ter 9.Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sarah Pedlow from California -- photography, sculpture, and video artist
Emily DiCarlo from Canada -- photographer, installation
- 11:30- Eveline
Kotai from Australia -- drawing, mixed media
- 12:15- Amanda Meeks from Chicago,
IL -- book artist, handmade paper
- 13:00- Round Table discussion
Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday,
|Relaxing at Beata's garden
|Michael Hilsman & Amy Sacksteder
Artist Talk 2.AIR-HMC, Artists in
Residency, Budapest 1073 Budapest, Akacfa u. 26.Thursday,
- 10:00- Amy
Sacksteder, Michigan -- painter, install
- 11:00- Michael Hilsman,
Pakistan/US -- painter
Tuesday, July 14
- Wednesday, August 5
|Douglas Gast, Hsu chiung wen, Jeanne Dunn
|Dolie Thompson, John Shadeck
Artist Talk 3.AIR-HMC, Artists in Residency, Budapest
1073 Budapest, Akacfa u. 12.Thursday, July 16.
- 10:00- Jeanne Dunn, USA--water color,
- 10:45- John Shadek, USA -- photography
- 11:30- Dolie Thompson, USA -- photography
12:15- Hsu chiung wen, Taiwan-- installation
Douglas Gast, USA -- film, photo
- 13:45- Lunch and round
Tuesday, September 22 - Tuesday, October 6
Thursday, September 24.
Brigitte Spiegeler, Den Haag, The Netherlands -- photography
10:45- Rebecca Cross,
Oberlin, OH -- installation
11:30- Michael Costello, Boston, MA -- drawing
12:15- Anna-Marya Tompa, UK -- film, photo
Monday, December 28, 2009 - Monday, January 11,
Aniko Kiss, Sudhir Duppati, Neil Chowdhury, Marian O'Donnell, Esta Roh, Richard Soler, Annie Heckman, Francoise Duresse,
Daniel Temkin, Cheri Soler
Artists Talk 6.
Wednesday, December 30
10:00-Daniel Temkin, Astoria, NY -- photo
10:30-Françoise Duresse, Boulder, CO -- video, mixed media
11:00-Sudhir Kumar Duppati,
New Zealand -- painting
11:30-Esta Roh, Chicago IL -- mixed media
O’Donnell, Ireland -- painting
2:00-Neil Chowdhury, Syracuse, NY -- digital
photomontage, digital video, and mixed media.
2:30-Annie Heckman, Chicago, IL --
installation, video, drawing
3:00-Richard Soler, Houston, TX -- masks
*** Daniel Temkin: "The Metro Postcard project"
highlights the struggle of the modern city to retain its character against the influx of chain stores and generic commercialism.
It is made up of postcards of banal urban stores that could seemingly be anywhere, while providing visual clues, or superimposed
text (in a style typical of postcards) identifying the location. These postcards are blown up to a large size...
Françoise Duresse: My work introduces both performance as well as manipulation with the image by drawing and
painting directly on the surfaces of film and layering video footage. The nature of my work relies on the visual and narrative
that materialize through the joining of images associated with direct handwork of traditional mediums such as painting, drawing
and photography. I use customary pictorial codes, merge with the characteristics of cinema to produce animate images that
are historically grounded within the traditional art-making practices...
*** Sudhir Kumar Duppati: The concept
of Evolution in my work is a response to the Contemporary and Historical aspects of Human Existence. Perhaps my imagination
about Genesis is but a part of the whole concept of evolution and its process. This is about my personal experiences of imagining
the origins of life. My paintings engage in a religious and scientific understanding and reasoning about the process of evolution.
My ideas are drawn from the aspects of the theory of Evolution by natural selection proposed by Charles Darwin, the big bang
theory proposed by Stephen Hawking and the religious creation of life...
*** Esta Roh: I usually have a lot
of dreams at night. Many of them are nightmares, so I constantly tried to ignore them. However it has been getting
bigger and bigger, and starting to take out considerably large part of both my feelings and everyday lives. So it finally
leads me a decision on this new project. I felt that it was time for me to find out why I had to have such dreams at
night, and what their meanings were. Finding out the meaning of dreams by using a drawing is quite interesting.
Since most dreams leave me some kinds of atmospheres or feelings rather than clear imagery, the process of imagification can
be only possibly made through my imagination. In the middle of this process, dreams are somewhat distorted. I call it “re-dreaming
*** Marian O’Donnell: What I appreciate most about Budapest is the architectural space.
This is enhanced by the exciting new constructions being built and their juxtaposition with the classical architecture of
the previous generations. Other cities have not been so successful in this marriage of styles. I like the mid scale of the
city: not so tall that the human feels diminished. The larger buildings are complimented by ground space. Proportion and composition
are one of the main preoccupation of my work. For me the city gives a sense of ‘cool space’ which I find inspirational.
*** Neil Chowdhury: As a mixed British and Indian, raised in the United States, I witnessed and took part in
post-colonial battles playing themselves out on a domestic scale. For me the complex history of Indian calendar and
commercial imagery signifies the emergence of my own identity, a slow process of assimilating influences from both cultures.
These images, collaged with my documentary photographs function as a kind of subversive bridge between cultures with the understanding
that part of their richness arises from the multiple
meanings that are doomed to different interpretations by individuals
on either side of the East-West divide. Finding some way to reconcile these differing perspectives inspires my creative
*** Annie Heckman: You told me that the end of life looks just like the mouth of a broad tunnel:
a project on Budapest's Labyrinth and Bridges
My project is an exploration of Budapest’s Labyrinth and Bridges
through drawing and installation, with potential publication and animation outcome, as a way to look for resemblances to pictures
of the afterlife as formulated in different philosophies, religions, and visual narratives: the mythic underworld tunnels
of hell and the pearly gates of heaven. I will use the Budavari Labirintus as a physical starting point to consider visual
metaphors for death and loss, with a special attention to the writings of Maria Nagy, a Hungarian psychologist who investigated
the relationship between age and comprehension of death, most notably in her 1948 study with children and adolescents in Budapest.
The bridges of Budapest will serve as a visual reference for the grandeur of imagined entryways and portals. My studies will
involve text-based historical and contemporary research as well as the creation of photographs, drawn materials, and field
*** Richard Soler: I am a mask maker. I produce art masks, rarely wearable. Masks have been a part
of my life since I began to sculpt as a teenager. My purpose in visiting Budapest is to seek out new opportunities for inspiration,
that will encompass the Hungarian heritage and my own interests. My own work is akin to craft, because I extensively use media
like papier-mache, yet I have a more sophisticated approach. I love folk art, dolls, costumes, theater and the magic of make-believe.
I am not an actor, but I can play many roles through my masks.
|Evolution of Hungary/1
|Sudhir Kumar Duppati
|Being a Stranger/1
|When it is 100 years old it will be exactly like a
|piece of wood - Annie Heckman
Closing exhibition &
- AIR/HMC, Budapest
Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism, Budapest,
Szent Istvan ter 15.
Opening reception: Monday, August 03, 2009 at 6:00pm
Opening remarks: Dr. Katalin Geller -
Curator: Beata Szechy-HMC
August 3 - September 13
Amanda Meeks-IL, Emily DiCarlo,-CANADA,
Eveline Kotai-AUSTRALIA, Jessica L. Smith-AL, Sarah Pedlow-CA, Amy Sacksteder- MI, Michael Hilsman-NY, Douglas Gast-WA, Hsu
chiung wen-TAIWAN, Jeanne Dunn-CA, John Shadeck-AZ, Dolie Thompson-NE
Anne-Sarah Le Meur-FRANCE, El Putnam-MA,
Dan Boord/Luis Valdovino-CO, FemLink-FRANCE, John Takacs, NY
OPENING SPEECH BY KATALIN GELLER:
AIR/HMC, Balatonfured/Budapest, International Artists Residencies exhibition
Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism
August 3 - September 13
When Beata Szechy's founded the
Hungarian Multicultural Center in 1990, her goals were fostering culture, personal connections, and art related exchanges.
At the beginning mostly American artists participated at the residencies. Now artists from all over from the world come
to work here for few weeks and exhibit their art. This particular exhibition is unusual, as the artists think similarly
but execute their work differently. Almost all the artists’ subjects link to the their travels or Budapest.
We can feel the temporary feeling, living somewhere else for a time, a shaper view of the new.
using a homemade, pinhole (lensless) camera, created these images to depict the general area of each of the eleven stations
on the M1 (yellow) metro line, the oldest underground railway on the European continent. These photographs are negative,
reversed images exposed directly onto light-sensitive paper in the camera. No film was used.
photographs were taken in Varosliget. Her black and white photographs are filtered and soften the sunlight, creating
a much more beautiful environment, emphasizing oppositions such as soft and sharp.
Amanda Meeks arrived from Chicago.
She is interested in relationships and memories of her day-to-day, pursuits of connecting with those around her, communication,
and interactions with others past and present. Her work is meant to provide viewers and participants with a sense of
a very intimate conversation. For example, she drew a Yellow Fiat 500 car and wanted to meet with the car owner,
but did not succeed. So she wrote a letter to him and put it under the wiper telling him if he comes to the opening
he will get the drawing. Also, she has created a sound piece during her stay. “In One Day”, uses sounds
that in the gallery setting evoke just a memory and could be understood as disappeared voices.
Emily DiCarlo from
Toronto was inspired by time. “The Temporal Visitor” is an installation comprised of a number of performance-based
photographs and objects.
“Eleven Minutes Less” is a marker of time, expressed through the daily accumulation
of cigarette butts. Contrasted with “Eleven Minutes Less” is her hand, or the “life line".
Walking in Budapest, she searched out the public clocks which represent the “universal time” that is meant to
unite the public and also disperse a common understanding of time.
Jessica L. Smith’s jars are a celebration
of smallness. She derived this concept from Budapest secessionist architecture, which is decaying over time just
like our memories, buildings, bodies, and civilizations.
Douglas Gast calls himself an artist/cartographer.
“The 30 Days of New Life Project” is a series of performances, each of which results in a new map. Last year he
spent 30 days in Berlin with a similar project. Each point included on the map is of personal, artistic, historical
or cultural interest. He does not control what gets included in the map, rather, local residents make suggestions and
it is their suggestions that ultimately build it.
Jeanne Dunn created a "map" as she printed on canvas
an element from the Liszt Ferenc Square, composed of part of tree trunks with circle-shaped surroundings with stones and divided
by a man made sculpture.
Eveline Kotai uses a combination of sections of paintings from Australia and Hungary,
cutting, sewing, and created a textural series, entitled “Mirage 1, 2, 3”.
Sarah Pedlow's "What’s
Wrong With This Picture?" is a self-portrait. Hungarian folk art and embroidery inspired her work in Budapest.
She has braided her hair and wrapped it with ribbons. "Raday utca, 05.24.09" is a photograph and chain stitch
used in Kalotaszeg embroidery which she stretched out to suggest a network in the sky linking to architecture and referring
to the cultural district in Budapest.
Amy Sacksteder arrived from Michigan. Her island paintings refer to
the last moments of Amelia Earhart's life during the final flight before she was lost.
Michael Hilsman is an
international traveler whose work deals with both the tragedy and the beauty of the human condition, and is influenced by
such topical subjects as politics and religion.
Hsu Chiung Wen, an artist from Taiwan, created objects from artificial
flowers, "The Flower Named Ever", reminds me of Huysman’s essay, where the main character likes the
artificial flowers rather than the real ones...